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ERIC Number: ED467291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 11
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Ezra Pound and Chinese Poetics: Teaching Anglo-American Imagist Poetry.
Dilley, Whitney C.
The Anglo-American Imagist movement, begun in England by Ezra Pound in 1909 and flourishing through 1918, claimed to have drawn inspiration from Chinese and Japanese poetic forms. The promoters of Imagism, which included Hilda Doolittle, John Gould Fletcher, Richard Aldington, and later, Amy Lowell and William Carlos Williams, were attempting to challenge what they considered the superficially decorative and overly verbose poetry of the accepted 19th century canon. In doing so, they turned to what they considered "purer" forms of poetry in the images and simplicity of Chinese and Japanese lyric verse. Compiling a manifesto of Imagism's aims, these poets planned exclusively to write clear, effective, and concise verse according to their understanding of the Chinese and Japanese classical traditions, with exact rendition of detail, producing poetry that was a concentrated expression of mood and image. Their goal was "to present an image" (hence the name, Imagist). At first glance, it seems plausible to connect the Imagist movement with the Chinese tradition, especially with the concentration on natural imagery. But is the connection valid? This paper argues that the Imagists to a large extent misunderstood the Chinese traditions they claimed to appropriate. According to the paper, such questions are particularly stimulating when raised in the linguistic and cultural milieu of the literature classroom in an international setting. (Contains 16 notes and 15 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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